BeLonG To Launch National School Climate Survey

The survey will provide a platform for young LGBT+ people to voice their opinion on the school environment and system.

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BeLonG To Youth Services, the national organisation supporting LGBT+ young people in Ireland, has launched a new school climate survey, in partnership with Columbia University.

The national school climate survey is anonymous; it aims to understand the school ‘climate’ for LGBT+ people and will include questions concerning school, background, and experiences of the school environment and system as a member of the LGBT+ community in Ireland.

Specifically, the survey will cover issues pertaining to “bullying, slurs, discrimination, coming out, mental health, and academic performance.”

The survey is launched today, on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia (IDAHOT), in order to champion inclusion and provide a platform for LGBT+ youth to have their say about the school environment and system.

The findings will be shared with politicians, policymakers, educators, and the media to ensure that all respondents from across the country have their voice heard across all sectors of society.

The survey will take about 25-40 minutes depending on the level of detail provided, and will close on August 31, 2019. All data will be collected in compliance with GDPR, answers will be anonymous and confidential and will not be linked to any other details provided such as location.

Results will be released during Stand Up Awareness Week which runs from November 11-15, 2019.

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If you are aged between 12 and 18 and would like to contribute your ideas and opinions about the LGBT+ experience of the schooling system, you can complete the online survey.

BeLonG To are encouraging all LGBT+ youth to get involved:

“To capture the true experiences of LGBTI+ young people across Ireland, we need our reach to be far and wide. With your help, we can make sure that voices from every county in Ireland are heard.”

Any questions can be directed towards Matt Kennedy, he can be contacted by phone at 01 670 6223, or over email at [email protected].

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